KINK presents Jonathan Tyler at the Skype Live Studio Tuesday, March 29th at 3pm. RSVP for guaranteed standing room, see the full schedule of upcoming shows, and stream other shows at www.SkypeLivestudio.com
Jonathan Tyler did the rock star thing.
He played Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Hangout Fest and the Voodoo Experience. He performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and toured alongside AC/DC, ZZ Top, The Black Crowes and Kid Rock. His 2010 LP Pardon Me for Atlantic Records with backing band The Northern Lights reached No. 8 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart. His songs scored such television shows as Boardwalk Empire and Friday Night Lights. ESPN and FOX each used anthems he penned and performed to soundtrack their televised sporting events.
It was everything he thought he’d wanted. It was everything he’d signed up for. But it wasn’t ultimately what would satisfy him.
“I knew what I was getting into,” the 30-year-old Tyler says now, removed enough from that whirlwind to have gained some perspective on it. “I knew what would happen when we signed with Atlantic. Then I got over it.”
These days, Tyler really does come off as a changed man – in person and on record alike. He’s more introspective, more focused. The gray strands starting to crop up in his hair appear earned – and yet, conversely, his shoulders are less slumped, as if a heavy burden has been lifted. It has: Holy Smokes, his forthcoming third proper LP and first solo release, finds Tyler shed of major-label constraints, removed from the guard of his Northern Lights backing band and bearing his soul as songwriter who’s seen the top of the mountain and now seeks a different kind of climb, one filled less with flash and more with substance. The album’s an open look into who Tyler is at this very moment – and, most of all, who he feels he’s always really been.